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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinMarch 21, 20175min800

Here's a whatever-happened-to update: If you remember Martha Ezzard from her time as a Colorado legislator, you should probably check out the story in the Denver Business Journal. A couple of decades ago, Ezzard and her husband, Dr. John Ezzard, moved to Georgia to run an Ezzard family farm. They turned it into a pretty successful winery and are now selling it and moving back to Colorado. Welcome back, Martha and John!


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 3, 20173min640

Just before starting his search for a new head coach for the Denver Broncos, John Elway denied any plans to throw his name in the hopper with others already mentioned as potential candidates for Colorado governor in 2018. Speaking to 9News on Monday, Jan. 2, the Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback said he planned to continue working for the Broncos, despite his contract ending in another year. He and Broncos president Joe Ellis have discussed extending that contract since October.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 30, 20163min621

Colorado workers between the ages of 20 and 25 are the largest group to see their paychecks go up Sunday, when Amendment 70's minimum wage hike takes affect. According to the Bell Policy Center, 79 percent fall into the youngest age range, with lower percentages as age increases. Women will benefit more than men, 55 percent to 45 percent, while some 60,000 workers are parents and 93,000 children will see at least one parent's salary increase.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 30, 201613min72

For Colorado residents hunting for jobs that pay enough to live on, reports of the state's low unemployment rate and rapid population growth can be very disheartening. It seems everyone else has a job except you, often a depressing thought. However, a recent study digs deeper into the numbers and finds job hunters' perceptions of the state's employment situation being less positive than as portrayed are closer to reality. And state lawmakers will be presented with the study's findings, in hopes of doing something to help workers and job hunters.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min75

Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts on the national political landscape, Colorado had its share of drama and surprises, though voters sent back many familiar faces to serve in Congress and at the state Capitol. Here’s your bite-size, highlight reel for the 2016 election season in Colorado.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 9, 201631min700

DENVER - Can you spell T-R-U-M-P? Good morning. Feeling the post-election night hangover? Us too. And we all know it's one hangover that takes zero adult beverages to produce. Pop an Aspirin, look in the mirror and smile or frown — take your pick — but recognize that the country has chosen a very different path for the next four years. But it appears you, Colorado, have chosen to keep things essentially the same. For the winners circle, victory is such a nice remedy for the hangover isn't it? Gov. John Hickenlooper can gaze into that mirror this a.m. and breathe a sigh of relief for the outlook of the remainder of his term. It's a bittersweet morning for Colorado's governor — a letdown that any presumed Washington opportunities are out the window, but certainly a reassurance that a likely divided Legislature in 2017-2018 will keep his popularity — and legacy — above the 50 percent mark. The Senate appears to be headed for continued GOP control, though only 84 percent of District 25 has reported so forgive us for reading the tea leaves a bit.


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Jared WrightJared WrightNovember 2, 20166min910

I have been a fiscally conservative Republican since I was a young man because President Ronald Reagan’s unshakable optimism in the goodness of America and his message of personal responsibility and the dignity of work resonated strongly with me. And that’s why as a business owner, I’ll be voting for Amendment 70 to gradually raise Colorado’s minimum wage from $8.31 to $12 by 2020.


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Tony GagliardiTony GagliardiNovember 2, 20166min740

By now, most Coloradans who intend to vote are well aware of what Amendment 70 would do: Raise the state’s minimum-wage rate. This doesn’t mean they necessarily understand what the minimum-wage rate is and what increases do. Old definitions and arguments don’t seem to hold much sway with voters, so let us propose something new: The minimum wage is a political wage earned by politicians and labor-financed cause groups looking for votes from an overwhelming majority of people who haven’t earned a minimum wage since high school.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 1, 201616min186

All those political TV ads we've been watching for what seems like forever are almost over, but what do they accomplish? That's the big question only Colorado voters can definitively answer as they cast their ballots in the Nov. 8 general election. Not counting the races for various offices, state voters will decide nine proposed ballot measures, including six amendments to the state constitution and three propositions to change state statutes. While not all of them have been the subject of a TV ad, those that have been seem to run nearly constantly.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 27, 20169min197

Hillary Clinton will win the presidency in the Nov. 8 general election, bringing with her several economic, regulatory and tax concerns for small businesses, the chief economist for Visa told invited Denver-area small-business owners at a dinner presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the University of Denver. Wayne Best is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Strategic Foresight Community and produces Visa’s business and economic insights reports. Best said a presidential election prediction model developed by Visa and Moody's Analytics found Democratic candidate Clinton winning in Electoral College votes by a 332-206 count over Republican candidate Donald Trump. In the Electoral College system, the candidate who wins the most votes in enough states with a total of at least 270 electoral votes wins the election.